The Shearing fanciers are increasing with each book, and this is one of his best, with all the trimmings of a melancholy, sinister tale, the atmosphere in which he seems to thrive. Again an expert reconstruction of a crime and an era, passion and plush, in the story of a successful lady novelist, who marries a Jamaica planter, out for her money. The sombre slave plantation, the indifference of her brutal husband, make fertile setting for the attentions of John Gordon, handsome, fastidious. She is seduced by him -- his own mixed blood is revealed -- a slave uprising plus her husband's revengeful spirit brings about the death of both men. Smoothly fashioned, for the horror story market, with plus sales to some mystery fans.